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Low-insertion-loss, high-precision liquid crystal optical phased array
Author(s): William J. Cassarly; John C. Ehlert; D. Henry
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Paper Abstract

We describe a nonmechanical beam forming device which simultaneously provides the high precision beam deflection and beam spoiling required for narrow beamwidth laser communication systems. The device''s transmission is near unity and is composed of a liquid crystal optical phased array sandwiched between static phase plates. Device design and performance goals are described, along with the results of proof-of-concept experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1417, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43746
Show Author Affiliations
William J. Cassarly, General Electric Co. (United States)
John C. Ehlert, General Electric Co. (United States)
D. Henry, GE Astro-Space Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1417:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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